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A HOUSING project named after former ZANU PF Mashonaland East chairman, Ray Kaukonde, has been forced to change its name due to pressure from the provincial party leadership.

The development follows a fall out between Kaukonde and the party after the local businessman was accused of supporting ousted Vice President Joice Mujuru’s alleged bid to topple President Robert Mugabe.

In a notice this week, the management said the project was now changing its name with immediate effect but did not mention the replacement.

“Take note that Ray Kaukonde Housing Cooperative will be changing its name with immediate effect. All members and stakeholders will be formally aised of the new name in due course,” reads the notice.

However insiders said the decision to change the project’s name was occasioned by pressure which had been put on the members.

They said it was felt that the cooperative’s continued association with Kaukonde would cause ‘unnecessary conflicts’ with Mugabe and his Zanu PF inner circle.

Most members in the housing cooperative which was formed in 2008 are Zanu PF supporters.

Pressure is mounting on people and public institutions in Marondera to disassociate themselves from any business dealings linked to Kaukonde.

A sewer project has been stalled after the Marondera Municipality was ordered not to accept funds sourced by Kaukonde to complete the rehabilitation exercise.

Kaukonde remains the MP for Marondera Central but reports indicate that there is a push to have him recalled from Parliament.

Source : New Zimbabwe